ITHACA, N.Y.- The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University presents Taboo and Transgression in Contemporary Indonesian Art, through March 20. Common to all the works in this exhibition is an exploration of the fragility of social and cultural boundaries; within those boundaries cracks inevitably expose what has been hidden by social, cultural, or political taboos. Behind taboo lies the power and consensus of society itself, and transgression becomes its dissenting voice. Crossing boundaries can be risky business, and the artists whose works are presented here are conscious of this as they expose, erase, and disclose. Included are paintings, graphics, installation art, assemblage, video art, and video installations from established international artists such as FX Harsono, Nindityo Adipurnomo, Mella Jaarsma, Krisna Murti, Arahmaiani, Tisna Sanjaya, and Entang Wiharso, as well as younger, newly emerging artists like Ade Darmawan, Gusbarlian Lubis, Reza Afisina, Christine Ay Tjoe, Laksmi Shitaresmi, and Ann Wizer. This exhibition is supported by a major grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. It has also received support from the Cornell Council for the Arts and Cornell Southeast Asia Program.
Donations to the Red Cross will be taken at the Museum throughout the run of this exhibition to aid in the ongoing tsunami-relief efforts.